Allen Dearry, Ph.D.

Data Ecosystems Branch Chief


Dr. Allen Dearry serves as program director for the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons. Dr. Dearry joined NCI in 2017 after 25 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where he most recently directed the Office of Scientific Information Management and served as a Senior Advisor for Data Science Technology and Sustainability with the NIH Associate Director for Data Science. Dr. Dearry is a member of several trans-NIH and interagency committees that coordinate on bioinformatics, computational biology, and big data. For his work on various projects, Dr. Dearry has been awarded three HHS Secretary’s Awards for Distinguished Service. Dr. Dearry earned his doctorate in anatomy from the University of Pennsylvania, completed his postgraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and was an assistant professor of cell biology and ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center, where he cloned the gene for the human D1 dopaminergic receptor. He has two U.S. patents for this and subsequent investigations.


  • NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC)
  • NCI Cloud Resources
  • NCI Data Commons Framework


  • Hendrickx, D., Boyles, R., Kleinjans, J., and Dearry, A. Identifying opportunities for global integration of toxicogenomics databases. Arch. Toxicology 88 (2014): 2323-2332.
  • Eduati, F., Mangravite, L., Wang, T., Tang, H., Bare, C., Huang, R., Norman, T., Kellen, M., Menden, M., Yang, J., Zhan, X., Zhong, R., Xiao, G., Xia, M., Abdo, N., Kosyk, O., Friend, S., Dearry, A., Simeonov, A., Tice, R., Rusyn, I., Wright, F., Stolovitzky, G., Xie, Y., and Saez-Rodriguez, J. Prediction of population responses to toxic compounds by a collaborative competition. Nature Biotechnol. 33, (2015): 933-940.
  • Mattingly, C., Boyles, R., Lawler, C., Haugen, A., Dearry, A., and Haendel, M. Laying a community-based foundation for data-driven semantic standards in environmental health sciences. Environ. Health Perspect. 124, (2016):1136-1140.